Speakers and presentations
Jeremy Flinn; Stone Road Media – Marketing angling, hunting and outdoor tourism experiences in a digital world. Tuesday, Dec. 12; 10 AM
Mr. Flinn is an outdoor marketing expert, author and media personality. He has managed SEO, paid digital advertising, and social media accounts for some of the largest companies in the outdoor tourism industry. He returns to the MLOA convention after a successful appearance in 2016, offering industry-specific tips and marketplace information for our sector of the tourism industry. Creating quality content showcasing your experience, and knowing where and how to present that content, is what it’s all about. This presentation will be part of Travel Manitoba’s Tuesday morning marketing session.
Const. Dirk Creighton; Winnipeg Police Service – Applying lessons learned from police-Indigenous relations to wildlife issues. Monday, Dec. 11; noon (lunch speaker).
Const. Creighton is the primary liaison officer between WPS and the province’s Indigenous community. He is also an avid outdoors enthusiast. Const. Creighton will offer his perspective on how lessons learned from police-Indigenous relations in Manitoba can help shape fish and wildlife management in the province, with respect to shared management with Indigenous harvesters, enforcement, and legal issues like night hunting and land access.
Hon. Rochelle Squires; Minister of Sustainable Development – Management of fish, wildlife and outfitter licensing in Manitoba. Monday Dec. 11; 1 PM
Minister Squires will update MLOA members on her government’s efforts with respect to fish and wildlife management initiatives, and provincial licensing of lodges, outfitters and tourist accommodations. Here’s hoping the minister will have some “good news” announcements to make that will create growth in our industry and support the ability of operators to do business.
Paul Turenne; MLOA – Update on annual MLOA activities. Monday, Dec. 11; 8:30 AM
The MLOA’s executive director will provide his annual update to members on the association’s activities, campaigns, lobbying successes and not-so-successes, and need-to-know information from the past year, as well as looking forward to what’s coming up in 2018.
John Boretsky; Safari Club International/International Conservation Coalition – Update on SCI/ICC activities. Tuesday, Dec. 12; 12:15 PM
Mr. Boretsky will provide a brief update on the work being undertaken by the International Conservation Coalition, a group of hunter/conservation associations from around the world who are conducting global public opinion research among the non-hunting public, with a view to leading an international public relations effort about the benefits of hunting and wildlife conservation. He will also provide an update on SCI’s own activities.
Dominic Dugre; President, Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations – Update on CFOA activities. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1 PM
We are pleased to have Mr. Dugre representing CFOA at our MLOA convention for the first time. Mr. Dugre is the executive director of the Quebec Outfitters Federation, and is also our national CFOA president. He will update members on national issues in the outfitting industry and our lobbying efforts in Ottawa with the likes of Transport Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service, and Canada Border Services Agency, among other federal bodies.
Colin Ferguson; Travel Manitoba; Marketing Manitoba’s outdoor tourism experiences – Tuesday, Dec. 12; 9AM to noon
The second morning of our convention will be dedicated to marketing our sector of the tourism industry, filling beds and selling trips. Mr. Ferguson and other TM staff will review what has been done over the past year with their specific outdoor tourism budget (including the hiring of a second full-time person dedicated to our sector) as well as helping members perform their own marketing to compliment TM efforts.
MSD regulators panel – Monday, Dec. 11; 3 pm. Staff from Manitoba Sustainable Development’s fish and wildlife branch, as well as outfitter licensing, will be invited to field questions from the floor. They will also be available to provide updates on items within government that affect MLOA members, including the advent of online angling and hunting license sales, the new waterfowl outfitting policy and possible non-resident draw, and the new online public registry of licensed outfitters.